MAY 2018 Newsletter

Dear Fellow Caledonians,

April saw us welcoming the Federation Chief Jane Dyer, on her official visit. We had a Ceilidh event on the Friday evening at the Border Hockey Club House, which was well attended. This was followed by the ever-popular Tartan Day River Cruise and a committee dinner held at Dot-Com Café.


The weekend also allowed us the opportunity to present Sandra Rankin and Callum and Beryl MacIver with Honorary Life Membership in recognition of their long, faithful and dedicated service in upholding and promoting all that is best in Scottish Culture and Tradition. Below are the citations read at the presentation:

“Our first recipient has been a member of the society for 44 years having joined the society in 1974. Except for Margaret Murray, she is the longest standing member of the Society and has served the Society in every role – committee member, treasurer, secretary, lady president and chief. In recent years, she has been fondly referred to as our ‘Chief of Protocol’ – reference to the endless guidance she provides to those of us with far less experience and knowledge, and her willingness to pass this on and uphold the traditions of our Society.


Our new Honorary Life Members Sandra Rankin and Callum and Beryl MacIver together with Chief Roxanne Piderit

She has been chief of the ECHG, manager of the ELCSPB and a Scottish Country Dancing Teacher. She has also served the Federation in various roles – as provincial lady president, provincial chieftain and chief of the federation. In all these roles, Sandra Rankin has worked tirelessly and tackles every task with enthusiasm. She has demonstrated strong leadership qualities and organisational skills. Her vision, foresight and dedication have been key to the ongoing success of our Society. It goes without saying that Sandra has made a real, positive and lasting impact on the Society and its members. It is indeed a great honour to award honorary life membership of the ELCS to Past Federation Chief, Sandra Rankin.”

“Our second recipients have been members of the society for 40 years having joined the society in 1978. They have twice served the society as Chief and Lady President, and have represented the Society at Congress on numerous occasions. They have also served the Federation as Provincial Chieftain and Lady President of the Cape Province – twice. Importantly, during their long and active service to the Society, they have become the official suppliers of the Haggis for our Burns celebrations – a role from which they have graciously retired this year. In all these roles, Callum and Beryl MacIver have given invaluable service to the society and always had its interests at heart – and we know they will continue to do so for years to come. It is indeed a great honour to award honorary life membership of the ELCS to Past Chief and Lady President, Callum and Beryl MacIver.”

As I have said before, the committee is always looking for new ideas and entertainment options. I hope you will join us for the Quiz Evening on Saturday 12 May. Get a group of four people together, or join up with a group when you get there.


Firstly a warm welcome to Peter and Anne McLeod, who have joined the Society as Country Members. While on the subject of membership, many congratulations to Sandra Rankin and Callum & Beryl MacIver – our new Honorary Life Members (see photo on front page). Linda Herman’s nephew, Sean Cameron won the Junior 100 Guineas Solo Piping Competition. Ken Scott and Linda Herman have been in Johannesburg visiting Ken’s son and Linda’s niece. Maureena Middleton is attending family celebrations in Johannesburg. The Middleton twins’ hockey team has been ranked 4th in the country. Roxanne Piderit will be travelling to Durban with the Border Hockey team. Dave Rankin received an award from SA National Blood Service for 150 donations. Finally many condolences to Sue and Roxanne Piderit, on the passing of their father and grandfather, Graham Turner.


12 May 2018             Scottish-themed Quiz evening at the MOTH Hall. Bring & share. Cash bar. R10 pp. Members from the Society and from other organisations will be encouraged to form teams of four. 6.30pm for 7pm.

13 June 2018            AGM at the Border Hockey Club. Please bring plate of eats to share. 7pm


The band paraded during the Federation Chief’s visit on 6 & 7 April; but unfortunately “Music in The Park” was cancelled due to rain. The Band also played at the Bowling Championship finals at Comrades Club on 28 April and 5 May, at the East London Agricultural Show on 1 May and at the Diesel Depot Run. Looking ahead, the Band will be at the SPCA Bikers’ Breakfast at Hams Club on 12 August. The band also featured in an article in “The Rising Sun” newspaper of 10 April.


The Ladies meeting on 4 April at ‘Breath of Life’ was enjoyed by all. The Ladies next meeting will be at 9.30am Tuesday 8 May at Oak Room, Parklands. This will be a ‘Cuppa for CANSA’ tea at which a DVD of the Edinburgh Tattoo will be screened. A minimum donation of R20 per person is requested.


 Weekly meetings continue at the Hams Club from 4pm – 5.30pm on Tuesdays. The club’s performance during the Federation Chief’s visit was well received. The Federation Chief expressed her pleasure that such a club is active in East London.


Dancers performed for the Federation Chief and at the Border HDF on 14 April. The Eastern Cape Highland Gathering Dancing Competition will be held at Port Rex Technical High School from 9am on Saturday 19 May.   All welcome to come and support our dancers.


The dates for the next Congress have been confirmed as 5-7 October 2018 in Durban. East London is pencilled in for the 2020 Congress. Task Team is busy refining proposals for Congress and will meet before the next Committee meeting on 10 May.


April 2018 May 2018
Date Name: Contact: Date Name: Contact:
9 Sandra Rankin 043 726 1500 8 Sheila Sanderson  
13 Liezel Cilliers 083 518 4009 13 Hannah Paterson  
19 Roxanne Piderit 082 455 8661 14 Linda Hermann  
19 Hannah Weymouth 076 572 9390 15 Andrew Weymouth 083 604 3912
28 Dennis du Plessis 082 375 8250 18 Estelle King 082 477 1983
30 Rose Thompson 072 431 7391 20 Beryl MacIver 043 722 0875
  22 Tanya Macdonell 074 446 0480
26 Ken Scott 083 274 3349


The Committee is proposing that subscriptions will increase for next year to: Full Members: R85, Country Members: R60; Junior Members: R30. Members paying in advance of the AGM will pay at the current rates.


Next Committee Meeting will be at 7.30pm on Thursday 10 May 2018 at the home of Roxanne Piderit, 7a Dartnell Road, Cambridge West.

Yours aye,

Roxanne Piderit (Chief)


12 May 2018 Scottish Themed Quiz BB Country Club 18.30 R10pp. Bring & share
13 June 2018 AGM Border Hockey Club 19.00 Chance to join Committee !
3 Nov 2018 Halloween McClelland TBC  
1 Dec 2018 St Andrews Dinner Beacon Bay Country Club TBC


Dear Fellow Caledonians,

We have had a very busy start to 2018, with two well-supported functions.  Burns Nicht in January had an exceptional number of members attend – we hope you enjoyed a new venue and a ‘fresh’ approach to the tribute to Scotland’s Bard.  Our February function was a Valentine’s Tea in aid of the Pipe Band’s efforts to raise funds towards their centenary in 2020.  Again we had a fantastic turnout, kicking off the fundraising in style.  As ever, my grateful thanks to Past Federation Chief Sandra Rankin for all her help and guidance in making these events a success.


Your Chief addressing the Haggis at Burns

Looking forward, we have a Putt Putt event this weekend – this is part of our continued efforts to keep the Society in the public eye and hopefully generate some interest and gain new members.  Please don’t forget to wear some tartan (feel free to interpret this creatively!). See the Entertainment section for details

In April we will welcome the Federation Chief, Jane Dyer, on her official visit.  We have a Ceilidh event planned for the Friday evening at the Border Hockey Club House.  This will be followed by the ever-popular Tartan Day River Cruise – tickets are limited, so please contact the committee to reserve your place asap. We hope to see as many members as possible at these two events.


Firstly a warm welcome to Dean Klopper, who has just joined the Society – we look forward to seeing him at future functions. News from the Doctor’s Surgery …. Jean Sansom is home from hospital after falling and breaking her arm, Elliot Murray is recovering from complications after undergoing knee surgery; Iris van der Zee has had dental surgery and Agnes Cowie has not been well. Travel News – George and Margaret Bruce have returned from holiday.  School News – Britney & Emily Middleton are settling in well at their new school, Clarendon; while Tumi Macdonell has started at Stirling High School and was elected class captain.  Finally congratulations to Dave Rankin, who has completed his dissertation.  In Sports news – Sue and Roxanne Piderit participated in the Tomato Trot Fun Run.


10 March 2018         Putt-putt Golf Outing at the Beacon Bay Crossing.  17.00 for 17.30.

No charge – but members to pay for themselves. Tartan to be worn

6 April 2018               Visit of the Federation Chief. Ceilidh/Bring & Share at Border Hockey Club. 18:30

7 April 2018               Tartan Day River Cruise. Wear a touch of tartan. R100 per person

PIPE BAND    New practice venue – Gonubie Montessori School is working well.  Band played at Burns and Valentines Tea. Upcoming Parade: Music in the Park on 18 March 2018.

LADIES GROUP   The first meeting of 2018 held at the Dot Com Café was enjoyed by all. Ladies have decided that future meetings of the group will take place at catered venues and each of the members will pay their own way.  Next Meeting: 9.30am Weds 4 April at ‘Breath of Life’ in Dawson Road.

S.C.D.C   A good turnout on the first practice of the year. Weekly meetings continue at the Hams Club from 4pm – 5.30pm on Tuesdays.  

HIGHLAND DANCERS   Dancers performed at the Valentine’s Tea and at the Knysna Celtic Festival on 24 February.  During mid-March there will be qualifiers for the Interprovincial competitions.

CONGRESS               The provisional date for the next Congress is 5-7 October 2018 in Durban.  East London is pencilled in for the 2020 Congress.


March 2018 April 2018
Date Name: Contact: Date Name: Contact:
6 Nadege Rankin 082 773 9549 9 Sandra Rankin 043 726 1500
11 Nookie Middleton 084 693 2836 13 Liezel Cilliers 083 518 4009
14 John Stoddard 082 466 7095 19 Roxanne Piderit 082 455 8661
16 Edgar Willis   19 Hannah Weymouth 076 572 9390
28 Claude Macdonell 084 742 8156 30 Rose Thompson 072 431 7391

COMMITTEE    Next Committee Meeting will be at 7.30pm on Thursday 12 April 2018 at the home of Dave & Maureen Rankin, 9 Nelson Ave, Cambridge.

Yours aye,

Roxanne Piderit (Chief)


10 March Putt Putt Social The Crossing. Beacon Bay 17.30 Pay your own way!
6 April Fed Chief Visit Border Hockey Club 18.30 Bring and share / ceilidh
7 April Tartan Day River Cruise Nahoon River (TBC) TBC R100 per person
12 May Scottish Themed Quiz BB Country Club TBC  
13 June AGM Border Hockey Club (TBC) TBC Chance to join Committee!



Saturday 20 May 2017: East Coast Dancing Festival. Time: 0930. Venue: Clarendon Primary School

Thursday 25 May 2017: Games Evening. Time 1730 for 1800. Venue: MOTH Hall. R25 pp. Hot dogs &cash bar.

Saturday 27 May 2017: Pipe Band & Highland Dancers will appear at:
0930 – McClelland Bazaar. 10145 – George Randall High School mothers & daughters tea. 1130 – Stirling Primary School Bazaar. 1330 – Airfest at Wings Park, East London.

Wednesday 14 June 2017: AGM. Time: 1900. Venue: The Oak Room, Parklands